“There’s a noisy little dog barking all night next door, and the owners regularly have domestics. All of these incidents forced us to break lease and move early. If this ever happens again, what could we do?” Tenant, WA

We asked the former director at Rent Choice, Caroline Nurse, for her advice:

“Given you will not be able to control who your neighbours are, there are limited things you can do to try and prevent a situation like this,” Caroline said.

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“Firstly, when you go to an inspection, make sure you spend as much time as you can looking around the inside and outside of the property and listen out for any signs of animals or neighbour activity.”

“Most viewings occur during the day, so it may also be a good idea to pop back to the neighbourhood at night time and ensure you still feel comfortable with the area.”

“Secondly, if you are new to an area, negotiating a short term lease as a trial period might be a good way to get a feel for the community before you commit to a long term lease.”

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Caroline Nurse
Caroline Nurse

Caroline Nurse was the Director of Rent Choice in West Perth, Western Australia. Caroline worked in the property industry for more than 13 years. Her background included property investment, residential rentals, real estate sales, residential land development, new home construction and renovation. Caroline held a Triennial Certificate as a Real Estate Licensee and completed a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Project Management. She has previously worked with Terranovis as a Development Manager.